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August 4, 2008

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I have started a 2008 Lollapalooza music downloads page, which currently has links to mp3s of the performances by Radiohead, Wilco, Explosions in the Sky, Bloc Party, the Whigs, the National, Blues Traveler, and the Raconteurs. The page will be updated daily as new recordings surface online.


Pitchfork reviews Conor Oberst's self-titled album.

On his self-titled Merge debut, Oberst is focused on making escapes-- moving on, moving over, breaking out, hitting the streets, leaving it all behind, don't look back. "There's nothing that the road cannot heal," Oberst vows in the Tom Petty-esque "Moab", and he's never sounded more convinced: Conor Oberst figures escapism as its own kind of religion, a workable belief system for kids that can't sit still.


The Guardian's books blog examines the literary legacy of New York punk, especially Richard Hell and Jim Carroll.


Popmatters interviews author George Pelecanos.

3. The greatest album, ever?

Superfly, by Curtis Mayfield. It’s Mayfield at the peak of his powers, a symphonic funk masterpiece, with Curtis’s signature guitar and street-angel falsetto in full force. “Little Child Runnin’ Wild” is the opener and in Washington, D.C. kids were singing it on corners like they were in church. I had it on 8-track for my car, had the album (with gatefold sleeve) for home listening, and own the CD today. And I never get tired of it.


Keane is giving away a brand new free song for a week starting today.


New York magazine profiles Swedish popster Lykke Li.


The Associated Press lists the best albums of 2008 (so far).


Audio Literature Odyssey offers free and legal audiobooks of public domain titles, as well as a podcast.


RIP, Aleksander Solzhenitsyn.


IndieBound is the new online portal for the American Booksellers Association.


The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel examines the high price of gas and its effect on local bands.

“I think you’re going to see the bands in the lower tier really drop off,” he said. “The bands that maybe haven’t established themselves. Because now with my band I can say, ‘Well, in Bloomington, we’ll make at least a hundred bucks. Indianapolis, we’ll make around a hundred bucks.’ But when we started doing this, well, we don’t have a guarantee now. We had way less of a guarantee then.”


A couple of weeks ago the 33 1/3 blog listed the all-time sales leaders in Continuum's series of books on seminal albums.


Smashing Magazine lists 35 beautiful album covers.


T-shirt of the day: "Censorship"


also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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